Looks great on the surface
29/1 Maenam Kwai Rd, Kanchanaburi T: (034) 518 790, (089) 837 7236
At first glance, the Tamarind appears to be one of Kanchanaburi's best budget guesthouses.
Staff are friendly, rooms are clean and have a pleasant scent, WiFi is free and the rooms on land come with TVs. After spending more time here, you realise that beds are painfully hard, WiFi doesn't really work, TVs are old and cheap and some are hardly manageable due to static, walls are paper thin and somewhere close by an extremely loud and annoying live band often plays until 02:00 in the morning. If you stay here, the rafthouses are probably your best bet as they're spacious and have a shared deck draped in orchids. On the bright side, Tamarind is centrally located just off the traveller strip and has great river views from a spacious shared seating area with a couple of communal computers. Compared to Kanchanaburi's generally poor budget options, this is still not a horrible choice, particularly for those who stay up late.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.